A type is something, or someone, in the Old Testament that foreshadowed something or someone, in the New Testament. Just as the ark of Noah’s day was a type of the church, the flood of Noah’s day was a type of the judgment to come.
FIRST, a lesson we learn both from the flood of Noah’s day and the judgment to come is that God hates sin. Notice the following from Genesis chapter six and verse six: “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” How did God repent? Does not mean God was surprised when man sinned. The phrase “and it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth” can be understood as expressing God’s displeasure with His creation. Significant that God did not observe man’s sin as a disinterested bystander.
Now notice Paul’s words to the church at Colosse: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5-6).
Just as God did not observe the sin of Noah’s time as an uninterested bystander, He is not apathetic toward our sin today. Our sin still grieves God at his heart. Grieve – to suffer pain, to be distressed in mind. Do you really want to be one who brings pain to God?
SECOND, we learn that God is patient. The one hundred and twenty years mentioned in Genesis 6:3 is most likely a reference to the time between the announcement of the flood and the occurrence of the flood.
Today, God is patient with you and me. Peter wrote, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up………………And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;” (II Peter 3:3-10, 15).
God’s longsuffering, or patience, is salvation in the sense that his longsuffering gives man opportunity to repent ant be saved. Don’t abuse God’s patience by thinking “I’ll give my life to God, but not yet, I’ll repent of my sins, but not yet.”
THIRD, the coming judgment, just as the flood of Noah’s day, is universal in nature. No one will be exempt. “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth ………………… And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered” (Genesis 7:4, 19-20)
God commands all of us to repent, because all of us will one day be judged. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world………(Acts 17:30-31).
Paul wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10).
There is one thing we all have in common – we willall, without any semblance of doubt, stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give account of ourselves to God (Romans 14:12).
FOURTH, just as those of Noah’s day, people often ignore the reality of the coming judgment. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:36-39).
Sadly, on the day Christ comes again, many will be going about their everyday routine, going to work, paying the bills, making plans for their future, signing a thirty-year mortgage for their dream home, yet never making plans for a future with God.
FIFTH, salvation is by grace, but God’s grace does not negate the necessity of obedience. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).
But would anyone be so naïve to believe Noah could have been saved from the flood without building the ark? “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
Today, we are saved by grace. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Why would anyone today be so naïve to believe we can be saved from our sins apart from obedience? James wrote, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
I am thankful for God’s grace. I realize that without God’s grace I would have no hope of salvation. But I am not going to abuse God’s grace by fooling myself into thinking I can be saved in a state of disobedience
Friends, the lessons from the flood of Noah’s day are too clear to be misunderstood. Please do not ignore them!